The Japanese Super Formula Championship is a formula racing series. It is considered as being the top level of single-seater racing in Japan and regional motorsports in Asia. The series is sanctioned by the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF) and managed by Japan Race Promotion (JRP).

The first Japanese Top Formula championship was held in 1973 as the All-Japan Formula 2000 Championship. In 1978, the series transformed into the All-Japan Formula Two Championship, and again in 1987, into the All-Japan Formula 3000 Championship. For the most part, these Japanese racing series closely followed their European counterparts in terms of technical regulations. The JRP was established in 1995, and began managing the series in 1996, under its new name, the Formula Nippon Championship. The series' name was changed again in 2013, to Super Formula (officially Japanese Championship Super Formula until 2016).

History

Background

In Japan, touring and sports car racing was very popular throughout the 1960s. The Japanese Grand Prix was originally held as an event for touring and sports cars, and was immediately established as the largest motor racing event in the country during its original run between 1963 to 1969. On the other hand, formula car racing had a more difficult time being established in the nation's motorsport landscape. The inaugural JAF Grand Prix at Fuji Speedway in 1969 was Japan's first major single-seater race. And in 1971, the Japanese Grand Prix was reformatted into an event centered around formula car racing. Neither event managed to be as popular with spectators as the Japanese Grand Prix was during its time as a sports car race.

All-Japan Formula 2000 (1973–1977)

In 1973, the Japan Automobile Federation established the All-Japan Formula 2000 Championship as the first top-level formula racing series in Japan, to promote the sport of formula car racing in the country.

The series was based on the European Formula Two Championship. But unlike European F2, which only allowed the use of racing engines based on mass production models, the JAF approved the use of purpose-built racing engines from manufacturers such as Mitsubishi Motors.

All-Japan Formula Two (1978–1986)

In 1976, the FIA modified the Formula Two regulations to allow the use of purpose-built racing engines. With this change, the reasoning behind the name "Formula 2000" had disappeared, which led to the series being renamed the All-Japan Formula Two Championship from 1978.

These early years of formula racing in Japan were led by drivers such as Kunimitsu Takahashi, Kazuyoshi Hoshino, Masahiro Hasemi, Keiji Matsumoto, and Satoru Nakajima, who would go on to become the first Japanese driver to compete full-time in the Formula One World Championship. During the transition from Formula 2000 to Formula 2, a number of foreign drivers from the European F2 circuit began competing in and winning races in the Japanese series. 1981 European F2 champion Geoff Lees became the series' first non-Japanese champion when he won the All-Japan F2 title in 1983.

The Suzuka Formula Two Championship (established in 1977 as the Suzuka Formula 2000 Championship) was held concurrently at all events staged at Suzuka Circuit, to compete against the Fuji Grand Champion Series. During its run from 1977 to 1986, it was considered to be of equal prestige to the All-Japan Formula 2 Championship.

1987 championship

When European Formula Two ended in 1984, its Japanese counterpart did not follow suit immediately. The JAF considered starting a new Formula Two series from 1988. However, all entrants ran Formula 3000 cars in 1987. So, the 1987 Formula Two Championship was cancelled due to no entry of any cars for that format.

All-Japan Formula 3000 (1987–1995)

Switching to the open Formula 3000 standard in 1987, the All-Japan Formula 3000 Championship officially started in 1988.

During the late 1980s, a number of factors contributed to a surge in popularity for Japanese Top Formula racing. Honda-powered Formula One teams began winning multiple championships. The Japanese Grand Prix was reintroduced to the Formula One calendar in 1987, and that same year, Satoru Nakajima began competing full-time in F1. Fans began following the series through Fuji Television's broadcasts of Formula One, resulting in an increased interest in all forms formula racing. Combined with the asset-driven bubble economy of the 1980s, the All-Japan Formula 3000 Championship attracted several entrants and investors.

Veteran drivers such as Hoshino, Hasemi, Takahashi, and Matsumoto were succeeded by a new generation of Japanese talents, led by 1988 champion Aguri Suzuki, and 1991 champion Ukyo Katayama - who would each go on to enjoy significant tenures in Formula One. The prosperous conditions within All-Japan F3000 also attracted many promising young drivers outside of Japan to compete in the series. Among those drivers included future Formula One Grand Prix winners Jean Alesi, Johnny Herbert, Eddie Irvine, and Heinz-Harald Frentzen. The most notable of these young drivers from outside Japan, however, was future seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher, who made a one-off appearance at Sportsland Sugo in 1991.

The eventual burst of the bubble economy led to a decline in the series' popularity during the early to mid 1990s. Japanese and European regulations paralleled one another until 1996, when the International Formula 3000 series became a one-make format to lower costs.

Formula Nippon (1996–2012)

The previous Formula Nippon logo

In 1995, Japan Race Promotion (JRP) was established by Fuji Television, and became the new promoter and organising body of Japanese top formula racing, recognised by the JAF. As F3000 went down the path of a spec formula series abroad, the JRP opted to continue with the previous F3000 regulations which allowed for open chassis and engine competition. For 1996, the first full season under the management of JRP, the series changed its name to Formula Nippon.

Many of the top drivers in Formula Nippon continued to race in sports cars and touring cars as their predecessors had done in years past. Pedro de la Rosa became the first "double champion" of Japan in 1997 when he won both the Formula Nippon and All-Japan GT Championship GT500 titles in the same calendar year. Satoshi Motoyama and Richard Lyons would later accomplish the same feat in 2003 and 2004, respectively.

Super Formula (2013-present)

On 5 August, 2012, the JRP announced that the series would change its name from Formula Nippon to Super Formula in 2013, stating a "desire to establish the series on an equal footing with the FIA Formula One World Championship and the IZOD IndyCar Series as the undisputed, standard-bearer top formula racing in Asia."[1]

The series experienced a surge of international interest when 2015 GP2 Series champion, Stoffel Vandoorne, entered full-time in 2016 with DoCoMo Team Dandelion Racing. Vandoorne would finish his season with two race victories before making the step up to F1 with McLaren in 2017. A year later, 2016 GP2 Series champion Pierre Gasly entered the series, bringing Red Bull sponsorship with him to Team Mugen. Gasly finished 2017 as the Rookie of the Year, with two wins, and finished runner-up in the standings by half a point.

Felix Rosenqvist, Álex Palou, and Patricio O'Ward later became IndyCar Series race winners after racing in Super Formula. Palou, who was the 2019 Rookie of the Year, went on to win the IndyCar Series championship in 2021.

Scoring System

In 2020, Super Formula adopted a new top ten scoring system similar to the one used in Super GT. Bonus points were given to the top three qualifiers in every round; three points for pole position, two for second place, and one for third place.[2]

Race points (2020-present)
Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th 
Points 20 15 11 8 6 5 4 3 2 1
Qualifying points (2020-present)
Position  1st   2nd   3rd 
Points 3 2 1

Car specifications

Start of the race at the 2014 Motegi round

Cars

The previous Formula Nippon chassis, the Swift FN09 (also known as the Swift 017.n), was introduced in the 2009 season and raced until the end of the 2013 season.

Until 2002, Formula Nippon was an open formula category, where a variety of chassis builders, engine manufacturers, and tyre manufacturers could compete. Chassis were supplied by Lola, Reynard, and G-Force. Mugen-Honda supplied the vast majority of the engines along with Cosworth and Judd. Bridgestone, Yokohama, and Dunlop supplied teams with tyres. However, the series began adopting more spec components. Bridgestone became the series' sole tyre supplier beginning in 1997, and in 1998, Mugen-Honda became the sole engine supplier (though open tuning was still allowed). Chassis remained an open formula until 2003, after Reynard declared bankruptcy and G-Force withdrew from the series. The Lola B03/51 became the series' spec chassis thereafter.

In 2006 Formula Nippon underwent a drastic revision of its technical regulations. The new Lola FN06 chassis was introduced, while new three-litre V8 engines by Toyota and Honda were introduced, based on the same engine blocks that the manufacturers used in the 2005 IndyCar Series. American racecar manufacturer Swift Engineering produced the FN09 chassis that was introduced in 2009, and used until 2013. Also, in 2009, a new 3.4 litre V8 engine formula was introduced, a common engine that would be used in Formula Nippon and the GT500 class of Super GT, as well as a "push-to-pass" overtake system that is still used today.

The current spec chassis for the series is the Dallara SF19, which was unveiled at Suzuka Circuit in October 2017. The SF19 weighs 670 kilogrammes (including the driver), and is powered by two-litre single turbo-charged engines built by Honda and Toyota under the Nippon Race Engine (NRE) formula. The engines used in Super Formula have been detuned compared to their counterparts used in Super GT (GT500), but continue to allow for the use of the "push-to-pass" style Overtaking System (OTS) that allows for an additional five kilogrammes per hour (5 kg/h) of fuel burn for up to 200 seconds during a race.

The previous generation of the car, the Dallara SF14, was used between the 2014 to 2018 season, and featured at least 30% components manufactured in Japan.[3] The pole position lap time for a Super-Formula Dallara SF14 at Suzuka Circuit in 2017, 1:35.907, was 8.588 seconds, or 9.0%, slower than the pole lap time for the 2017 Japanese Grand Prix.

In 2016, Yokohama Rubber replaced Bridgestone as the series' sole tyre supplier.

Specifications (2014–2018)[4]

Specifications (2019–present)

Drivers

Despite the more technically demanding regulations, the Japanese top-level formula series remains a national series, with second tier status compared to the FIA Formula 2 and its predecessor GP2. Foreign drivers have always been regular participants in the Japanese championships, and there have been several drivers to come from a Japanese Formula 3000 or Formula Nippon drive to a prominent Formula One role; the best-known of these are Eddie Irvine, Ralf Schumacher, the 1996 Formula Nippon champion, and Pedro de la Rosa, the 1997 Formula Nippon champion.

Starting in 2022, Honda Performance Development, the United States division of Honda's motorsport operations, have offered a $600,000 USD annual scholarship to the winner of the Formula Regional Americas Championship towards a Honda-powered seat in Super Formula.[5] 2021 champion Kyffin Simpson, the first recipient, declined the scholarship offer, citing the logistical challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.[6] Raoul Hyman accepted the offer after becoming series champion in 2022.[7]

Champions

Season Drivers' Champion Team Champion Rookie of the Year
Driver Team Chassis* Engine* Tyre*
All-Japan Formula 2000 Championship (1973-1977)
1973 Japan Motoharu Kurosawa Heros Racing March 722 BMW M12/6 B Not awarded Not awarded
1974 Japan Noritake Takahara Takahara Racing March 742 BMW M12/6 B
1975 Japan Kazuyoshi Hoshino Victory Circle Club March 742 BMW M12/6 B
1976 Japan Noritake Takahara Stanley Takahara Nova 512 BMW M12/7 B
1977 Japan Kazuyoshi Hoshino Heros Racing Nova 512B
Nova 532P
BMW M12/7 B
All-Japan Formula Two Championship (1978-1986)
1978 Japan Kazuyoshi Hoshino Heros Racing Nova 532P
Nova 522
BMW M12/7 B Not awarded Not awarded
1979 Japan Keiji Matsumoto Diatone Racing March 782
March 792
BMW M12/7 D
1980 Japan Masahiro Hasemi Tomica Racing Team March 802 BMW M12/7 B
1981 Japan Satoru Nakajima i&i Racing Ralt RH6/80
March 812
Honda RA261E B
1982 Japan Satoru Nakajima John Player Special Team Ikuzawa March 812
March 822
Honda RA262E B
1983 United Kingdom Geoff Lees John Player Special Team Ikuzawa Spirit 201
March 832
Honda RA263E D
1984 Japan Satoru Nakajima Heros Racing March 842 Honda RA264E B
1985 Japan Satoru Nakajima Heros Racing with Nakajima March 85J Honda RA264E
Honda RA265E
B
1986 Japan Satoru Nakajima Heros Racing with Nakajima March 86J Honda RA266E B
All-Japan Formula 3000 Championship (1987-1995)
1987 Japan Kazuyoshi Hoshino Hoshino Racing March 87B
Lola T87/50
Honda RA387E B Not awarded Not awarded
1988 Japan Aguri Suzuki Footwork Sports Racing Team March 87B
Reynard 88D
Yamaha OX77 B
1989 Japan Hitoshi Ogawa Auto Beaurex Motor Sport Lola T88/50
Lola T89/50
Mugen MF308 D
1990 Japan Kazuyoshi Hoshino Cabin Racing Team with Impul Lola T90/50 Mugen MF308 B
1991 Japan Ukyo Katayama Cabin Racing Team with Heros Lola T90/50
Lola T91/50
Cosworth DFV B
1992 Italy Mauro Martini Acom Evolution Team Nova Lola T91/50
Lola T92/50
Mugen MF308 B
1993 Japan Kazuyoshi Hoshino Nisseki Impul Racing Team Lola T92/50 Cosworth DFV B
1994 Italy Marco Apicella Dome Dome F104 Mugen MF308 D
1995 Japan Toshio Suzuki Hoshino Racing Lola T94/50 Mugen MF308 B
Japanese Championship Formula Nippon (1996-2012)
1996 Germany Ralf Schumacher X Japan Racing Team LeMans Reynard 96D Mugen MF308 B X Japan Racing Team LeMans Not awarded
1997 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Shionogi Team Nova Lola T97/51 Mugen MF308 (B) Shionogi Team Nova
1998 Japan Satoshi Motoyama LEMONed Racing Team LeMans Reynard 97D (Mugen MF308) (B) LEMONed Racing Team LeMans
1999 Netherlands Tom Coronel PIAA Nakajima Racing Reynard 99L (Mugen MF308) (B) PIAA Nakajima Racing
2000 Japan Toranosuke Takagi PIAA Nakajima Racing Reynard 2KL (Mugen MF308) (B) PIAA Nakajima Racing
2001 Japan Satoshi Motoyama Team Impul Reynard 99L (Mugen MF308) (B) Team 5ZIGEN
2002 Republic of Ireland Ralph Firman PIAA Nakajima Racing Reynard 01L (Mugen MF308) (B) PIAA Nakajima Racing
2003 Japan Satoshi Motoyama Team Impul (Lola B03/51) (Mugen MF308) (B) Team Impul
2004 United Kingdom Richard Lyons DoCoMo Team Dandelion Racing (Lola B03/51) (Mugen MF308) (B) Team Impul
2005 Japan Satoshi Motoyama Mobilecast Team Impul
arting Racing Team with Impul
(Lola B03/51) (Mugen MF308) (B) Mobilecast Team Impul
arting Racing Team with Impul
2006 France Benoît Tréluyer Mobilecast Team Impul (Lola B06/51 (FN06)) Toyota RV8J (B) Mobilecast Team Impul
2007 Japan Tsugio Matsuda Mobilecast Team Impul (Lola B06/51 (FN06)) Toyota RV8J (B) Mobilecast Team Impul
2008 Japan Tsugio Matsuda Lawson Team Impul (Lola B06/51 (FN06)) Toyota RV8J (B) Lawson Team Impul Japan Kohei Hirate
2009 France Loïc Duval Nakajima Racing (Swift 017.n (FN09)) Honda HR09E (B) Nakajima Racing Japan Koudai Tsukakoshi
2010 Brazil João Paulo de Oliveira Mobil 1 Team Impul (Swift 017.n (FN09)) Toyota RV8K (B) Mobil 1 Team Impul Japan Naoki Yamamoto
2011 Germany André Lotterer Petronas Team TOM'S (Swift 017.n (FN09)) Toyota RV8K (B) Petronas Team TOM'S Japan Kazuki Nakajima
2012 Japan Kazuki Nakajima Petronas Team TOM'S (Swift 017.n (FN09)) Toyota RV8K (B) Docomo Team Dandelion Racing Not awarded
Japanese Super Formula Championship (2013–present)
2013 Japan Naoki Yamamoto Team Mugen (Swift 017.n (SF13)) Honda HR12E (B) Petronas Team TOM'S Not awarded
2014 Japan Kazuki Nakajima Petronas Team TOM'S (Dallara SF14) Toyota RI4A (B) Petronas Team TOM'S Japan Tomoki Nojiri
2015 Japan Hiroaki Ishiura P.mu/cerumoINGING (Dallara SF14) Toyota RI4A (B) Petronas Team TOM'S Japan Kamui Kobayashi
2016 Japan Yuji Kunimoto P.mu/cerumoINGING (Dallara SF14) Toyota RI4A (Y) P.mu/cerumoINGING Not awarded
2017 Japan Hiroaki Ishiura P.mu/cerumoINGING (Dallara SF14) Toyota RI4A (Y) P.mu/cerumoINGING France Pierre Gasly
2018 Japan Naoki Yamamoto Team Mugen (Dallara SF14) Honda HR-417E (Y) Kondō Racing Japan Nobuharu Matsushita
2019 New Zealand Nick Cassidy Vantelin Team TOM'S (Dallara SF19) Toyota Biz-01F (Y) Docomo Team Dandelion Racing Spain Álex Palou
2020 Japan Naoki Yamamoto Docomo Team Dandelion Racing (Dallara SF19) Honda HR-417E (Y) Vantelin Team TOM'S Japan Toshiki Oyu
2021 Japan Tomoki Nojiri Team Mugen (Dallara SF19) Honda HR-417E (Y) carenex Team Impul Japan Hiroki Otsu
2022 Japan Tomoki Nojiri Team Mugen (Dallara SF19) Honda HR-417E (Y) Team Mugen Japan Ren Sato

* The ( ) indicates the tyre (since 1997), chassis (since 2003), or engine (1998–2005) was a spec part that all competitors used for that season.

Statistics

Championships

by driver

  Indicates active driver.

Driver Total Seasons
Japan Kazuyoshi Hoshino 6 1975, 1977, 1978, 1987, 1990, 1993
Japan Satoru Nakajima 5 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986
Japan Satoshi Motoyama 4 1998, 2001, 2003, 2005
Japan Naoki Yamamoto 3 2013, 2018, 2020
Japan Noritake Takahara 2 1974, 1976
Japan Tsugio Matsuda 2007, 2008
Japan Kazuki Nakajima 2012, 2014
Japan Hiroaki Ishiura 2015, 2017
Japan Tomoki Nojiri 2021, 2022
Japan Motoharu Kurosawa 1 1973
Japan Keiji Matsumoto 1979
Japan Masahiro Hasemi 1980
United Kingdom Geoff Lees 1983
Japan Aguri Suzuki 1988
Japan Hitoshi Ogawa 1989
Japan Ukyo Katayama 1991
Italy Mauro Martini 1992
Italy Marco Apicella 1994
Japan Toshio Suzuki 1995
Germany Ralf Schumacher 1996
Spain Pedro de la Rosa 1997
Netherlands Tom Coronel 1999
Japan Toranosuke Takagi 2000
Republic of Ireland Ralph Firman 2002
United Kingdom Richard Lyons 2004
France Benoît Tréluyer 2006
France Loïc Duval 2009
Brazil João Paulo de Oliveira 2010
Germany André Lotterer 2011
Japan Yuji Kunimoto 2016
New Zealand Nick Cassidy 2019

by team

Team Total Seasons
Japan Impul 8 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2021
Japan TOM'S 5 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2020
Japan Nakajima Racing 4 1999, 2000, 2002, 2009
Japan Team LeMans 2 1996, 1998
Japan Dandelion Racing 2012, 2019
Japan CERUMO・INGING 2016, 2017
Japan Nova Engineering 1 1997
Japan Team 5ZIGEN 2001
Japan Kondo Racing 2018
Japan Team Mugen 2022

Wins

as of the end of the 2022 season.

by driver

Pos Driver All Japan
F2000
All Japan
F2
All Japan
F3000
Formula
Nippon
Super
Formula
Total Wins
1 Japan Kazuyoshi Hoshino 7 12 19 1 0 39
2 Japan Satoshi Motoyama 0 0 0 27 0 27
3 Germany André Lotterer 0 0 0 16 8 24
4 Japan Satoru Nakajima 0 21 0 0 0 21
5 Japan Toranosuke Takagi 0 0 3 11 0 14
6 France Loïc Duval 0 0 0 10 2 12
7 Japan Keiji Matsumoto 0 9 2 0 0 11
7 France Benoît Tréluyer 0 0 0 11 0 11
9 United States Ross Cheever 0 0 10 0 0 10
9 Brazil João Paulo de Oliveira 0 0 0 5 5 10
11 Japan Masahiro Hasemi 4 4 1 0 0 9
11 Japan Kazuki Nakajima 0 0 0 3 6 9
11 Japan Naoki Yamamoto 0 0 0 0 9 9
14 Japan Naoki Hattori 0 0 3 5 0 8
14 Japan Tomoki Nojiri 0 0 0 0 8 8
16 Japan Noritake Takahara 7 0 0 0 0 7
16 United Kingdom Geoff Lees 0 5 2 0 0 7
16 Republic of Ireland Ralph Firman 0 0 0 7 0 7
16 Japan Tsugio Matsuda 0 0 0 7 0 7
16 Japan Takashi Kogure 0 0 0 7 0 7
16 Japan Yuhi Sekiguchi 0 0 0 0 7 7
22 Japan Toshio Suzuki 0 0 6 0 0 6
22 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 0 0 0 6 0 6
24 Japan Aguri Suzuki 0 0 5 0 0 5
24 Italy Marco Apicella 0 0 5 0 0 5
24 Japan Juichi Wakisaka 0 0 0 5 0 5
24 Japan Hiroaki Ishiura 0 0 0 0 5 5
28 Japan Kunimitsu Takahashi 3 1 0 0 0 4
28 Germany Volker Weidler 0 0 4 0 0 4
28 United Kingdom Andrew Gilbert-Scott 0 0 4 0 0 4
28 United Kingdom Richard Lyons 0 0 0 4 0 4
28 Japan Ryo Hirakawa 0 0 0 0 4 4
33 Japan Motoharu Kurosawa 3 0 0 0 0 3
33 Japan Kenji Takahashi 0 3 0 0 0 3
33 Sweden Stefan Johansson 0 3 0 0 0 3
33 Italy Mauro Martini 0 0 3 0 0 3
33 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 0 0 3 0 0 3
33 Germany Ralf Schumacher 0 0 0 3 0 3
33 Argentina Norberto Fontana 0 0 0 3 0 3
33 Japan Masami Kageyama 0 0 0 3 0 3
33 Netherlands Tom Coronel 0 0 0 3 0 3
33 Japan Yuji Ide 0 0 0 3 0 3
33 Japan Takuya Izawa 0 0 0 2 1 3
33 New Zealand Nick Cassidy 0 0 0 0 3 3
45 Japan Takao Wada 0 0 2 0 0 2
45 Japan Ukyo Katayama 0 0 2 0 0 2
45 Japan Takuya Kurosawa 0 0 1 1 0 2
45 Japan Katsutomo Kaneishi 0 0 0 2 0 2
45 Japan Masahiko Kageyama 0 0 0 2 0 2
45 Japan Hidetoshi Mitsusada 0 0 0 2 0 2
45 Japan Kohei Hirate 0 0 0 2 0 2
45 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne 0 0 0 0 2 2
45 Japan Yuji Kunimoto 0 0 0 0 2 2
45 France Pierre Gasly 0 0 0 0 2 2
45 Japan Sho Tsuboi 0 0 0 0 2 2
45 Japan Nirei Fukuzumi 0 0 0 0 2 2
45 Japan Ukyo Sasahara 0 0 0 0 2 2
58 France Jacques Laffite 1 0 0 0 0 1
58 Italy Riccardo Patrese 1 0 0 0 0 1
58 Switzerland Marc Surer 0 1 0 0 0 1
58 Italy Beppe Gabbiani 0 1 0 0 0 1
58 Japan Naohiro Fujita 0 1 0 0 0 1
58 United Kingdom Kenneth Acheson 0 1 0 0 0 1
58 New Zealand Mike Thackwell 0 1 0 0 0 1
58 Netherlands Jan Lammers 0 0 1 0 0 1
58 Italy Emanuele Pirro 0 0 1 0 0 1
58 Japan Hitoshi Ogawa 0 0 1 0 0 1
58 Japan Akihiko Nakaya 0 0 1 0 0 1
58 Brazil Paulo Carcasci 0 0 1 0 0 1
58 Austria Roland Ratzenberger 0 0 1 0 0 1
58 Sweden Thomas Danielsson 0 0 1 0 0 1
58 Denmark Tom Kristensen 0 0 1 0 0 1
58 Japan Toshihiro Kaneishi 0 0 0 1 0 1
58 Italy Ronnie Quintarelli 0 0 0 1 0 1
58 Japan Seiji Ara 0 0 0 1 0 1
58 Japan Kosuke Matsuura 0 0 0 1 0 1
58 Japan Kazuya Oshima 0 0 0 1 0 1
58 Japan Koudai Tsukakoshi 0 0 0 1 0 1
58 Spain Álex Palou 0 0 0 0 1 1
58 Japan Kenta Yamashita 0 0 0 0 1 1
58 Japan Toshiki Oyu 0 0 0 0 1 1
58 France Giuliano Alesi 0 0 0 0 1 1
58 Japan Hiroki Otsu 0 0 0 0 1 1
58 Japan Nobuharu Matsushita 0 0 0 0 1 1
58 France Sacha Fenestraz 0 0 0 0 1 1

by chassis constructor

Pos Chassis Constructor Wins
1 United Kingdom Lola 124
2 United Kingdom March 75
3 United Kingdom Reynard 72
4 Italy Dallara 70
5 United States Swift 38
6 Japan Nova 9
7 Japan Dome 5
8 United Kingdom Chevron 4
9 Japan Kojima 3
10 United Kingdom Brabham 2
10 United Kingdom Spirit 2
12 United Kingdom Surtees 1
12 United States G-Force 1

by engine manufacturer

Pos Engine Manufacturer Wins
1 Japan Mugen 160
2 Japan Toyota 88
3 Japan Honda 87
4 Germany BMW 51
5 United Kingdom Cosworth 8
6 United Kingdom Cosworth/Japan Yamaha 6
7 United States Ford 3
7 Japan Yamaha 3

Poles

Pos Driver All Japan
F2000
All Japan
F2
All Japan
F3000
Formula
Nippon
Super
Formula
Total Poles
1 Japan Kazuyoshi Hoshino 14 18 9 1 0 42
2 Japan Satoru Nakajima 0 23 0 0 0 23
3 Japan Satoshi Motoyama 0 0 0 21 0 21
4 Japan Toranosuke Takagi 0 0 2 14 0 16
5 Japan Takashi Kogure 0 0 0 15 0 15
6 Japan Tsugio Matsuda 0 0 0 13 0 13
6 Japan Naoki Yamamoto 0 0 0 1 12 13
6 Japan Tomoki Nojiri 0 0 0 0 13 13
9 United States Ross Cheever 0 0 12 0 0 12
9 Germany André Lotterer 0 0 0 5 7 12
11 United Kingdom Geoff Lees 0 3 8 0 0 11
12 Japan Keiji Matsumoto 0 8 1 0 0 9
12 Japan Juichi Wakisaka 0 0 0 9 0 9
12 Brazil João Paulo de Oliveira 0 0 0 7 2 9
15 United Kingdom Richard Lyons 0 0 0 8 0 8
15 France Benoît Tréluyer 0 0 0 8 0 8
15 France Loïc Duval 0 0 0 6 2 8
15 Japan Hiroaki Ishiura 0 0 0 0 8 8
19 Japan Masahiro Hasemi 2 4 1 0 0 7
19 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 0 0 7 0 0 7
21 Japan Hitoshi Ogawa 0 0 6 0 0 6
21 Republic of Ireland Ralph Firman 0 0 0 6 0 6
21 Japan Yuhi Sekiguchi 0 0 0 0 6 6
24 Italy Mauro Martini 0 0 5 0 0 5
24 United Kingdom Andrew Gilbert-Scott 0 0 5 0 0 5
24 Japan Naoki Hattori 0 0 3 2 0 5
24 Japan Takeshi Tsuchiya 0 0 0 5 0 5
24 Japan Kazuki Nakajima 0 0 0 1 4 5
29 Japan Aguri Suzuki 0 0 4 0 0 4
29 Japan Takuya Kurosawa 0 0 2 2 0 4
29 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 0 0 0 4 0 4
29 Netherlands Tom Coronel 0 0 0 4 0 4
29 Japan Ryo Hirakawa 0 0 0 0 4 4
34 Japan Noritake Takahara 3 0 0 0 0 3
34 Japan Akihiko Nakaya 0 0 3 0 0 3
34 Japan Ukyo Katayama 0 0 3 0 0 3
34 Italy Marco Apicella 0 0 3 0 0 3
34 Japan Takuya Izawa 0 0 0 2 1 3
34 New Zealand Nick Cassidy 0 0 0 0 3 3
34 Spain Álex Palou 0 0 0 0 3 3
41 Japan Hiromu Tanaka 2 0 0 0 0 2
41 Japan Naohiiro Fujita 1 1 0 0 0 2
41 Sweden Stefan Johansson 0 2 0 0 0 2
41 Japan Masanori Sekiya 0 0 2 0 0 2
41 Austria Roland Ratzenberger 0 0 2 0 0 2
41 Japan Toshio Suzuki 0 0 1 1 0 2
41 Germany Michael Krumm 0 0 0 2 0 2
41 Germany Ralf Schumacher 0 0 0 2 0 2
41 Japan Masahiko Kageyama 0 0 1 1 0 2
41 Japan Masami Kageyama 0 0 0 2 0 2
41 Japan Ryo Michigami 0 0 0 2 0 2
41 Japan Yuji Ide 0 0 0 2 0 2
41 Japan Kazuya Oshima 0 0 0 2 0 2
41 Japan Koudai Tsukakoshi 0 0 0 2 0 2
41 Italy Andrea Caldarelli 0 0 0 0 2 2
41 Japan Yuji Kunimoto 0 0 0 0 2 2
57 Australia Vern Schuppan 1 0 0 0 0 1
57 Japan Motoharu Kurosawa 1 0 0 0 0 1
57 Japan Moto Kitano 1 0 0 0 0 1
57 Japan Kunimitsu Takahashi 1 0 0 0 0 1
57 Italy Bruno Giacomelli 0 1 0 0 0 1
57 Sweden Eje Elgh 0 1 0 0 0 1
57 Japan Toru Takahashi 0 1 0 0 0 1
57 Brazil Roberto Moreno 0 1 0 0 0 1
57 Japan Takao Wada 0 0 1 0 0 1
57 Germany Volker Weidler 0 0 1 0 0 1
57 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 0 0 1 0 0 1
57 Denmark Tom Kristensen 0 0 1 0 0 1
57 Japan Katsutomo Kaneishi 0 0 0 1 0 1
57 Argentina Norberto Fontana 0 0 0 1 0 1
57 Japan Hideki Noda 0 0 0 1 0 1
57 Japan Hidetoshi Mitsusada 0 0 0 1 0 1
57 United Kingdom Peter Dumbreck 0 0 0 1 0 1
57 Japan Toshihiro Kaneishi 0 0 0 1 0 1
57 Japan Kosuke Matsuura 0 0 0 1 0 1
57 Japan Kohei Hirate 0 0 0 1 0 1
57 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne 0 0 0 0 1 1
57 Japan Kenta Yamashita 0 0 0 0 1 1
57 United Kingdom Jann Mardenborough 0 0 0 0 1 1
57 Japan Tadasuke Makino 0 0 0 0 1 1
57 Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara 0 0 0 0 1 1
57 Japan Nirei Fukuzumi 0 0 0 0 1 1
57 France Giuliano Alesi 0 0 0 0 1 1
57 Japan Hiroki Otsu 0 0 0 0 1 1
57 Japan Nobuharu Matsushita 0 0 0 0 1 1
57 Japan Ukyo Sasahara 0 0 0 0 1 1
57 Japan Toshiki Oyu 0 0 0 0 1 1

Circuits

Super Formula races are traditionally held at the six major national racing circuits in Japan. Since the establishment of the JRP in 1996, Suzuka Circuit, the traditional home of the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix, has staged more rounds than any other venue. Suzuka typically hosts two rounds per season: The Suzuka 2&4 Race, a joint event staged with the All-Japan Road Race Championship, is typically held in the spring. The JAF Grand Prix Suzuka, Japan's oldest national formula racing event, is typically held at the end of the season in the autumn.

Sportsland SUGO is the only other venue that has been on the calendar in every season since 1996. Fuji Speedway did not host any racing in 2004 while the circuit underwent a wholesale renovation, but otherwise, has been part of the calendar in every season before and after the renovations. Mobility Resort Motegi (formerly Twin Ring Motegi) opened in 1997 and has been part of the calendar every year since.

Miné Circuit (formerly Nishinihon Circuit), was a regular fixture of the calendar until it closed for spectator events after the 2005 season. Autopolis, in Kyushu, and Okayama International Circuit, in the Chugoku region, have since taken Miné's place as the westernmost venues that Super Formula visits.

Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia hosted the first and only championship round outside of Japan when it was part of the 2004 calendar. The series planned to race at Inje Speedium in South Korea during the 2013 season, but the race was cancelled.

Circuits used (since 1996)

Number Circuit Years Total Rounds
1 Suzuka Circuit 1996-present 66
2 Fuji Speedway 1996-2003, 2005-present 45
3 Mobility Resort Motegi 1997-present 42
4 Sportsland SUGO 1996-present 28
5 Miné Circuit 1996-2005 18
6 Autopolis 2006, 2009-2015, 2017-present 14
7 Okayama International Circuit 2007-2008, 2015-2020 9
8 Sepang International Circuit 2004 1
Tokachi International Speedway 1996 1

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